The American Colony Committee once again will present a traditional U.S. July 4 celebration at the Cerveceria Costa Rica picnic grounds west of San José.
All the details are not yet finalized, but the picnic once again will be on July 4, U.S. Independence Day.
Recent picnics nearly always have been at the beer company grounds except when the firm’s employees have the use of the area, usually Sundays. One year the committee joined forces with Avenida Escazú for an afternoon event notable for the heavy downpour and traffic jams.
One year the picnic was canceled. That is why the picnic usually is held in the morning.
Many expats travel great distances to bring their children to the event. The main purpose of the July 4 picnic is to provide a July 4th experience for U.S. youngsters who may have spent much of their lives overseas. Consequently the menu features hot dogs and other picnic style foods.
Traffic police like the picnic, too, because they have been known to stake out the picnic grounds and prey upon U.S. citizens leaving the picnic with some beers under their belt. Fortunately the picnic grounds is convenient to bus stops along the General Cañas autopista.
The American Colony Committee traditionally seeks donations from local businesses, including those run by U.S. citizens.